Frederick Baldwin

Frederick BaldwinFrederick Baldwin

Frederick Baldwin is Co-founder and Chairman of FotoFest International, and a photographer and teacher of photography for many years. As co-founders and directors of FotoFest, he and Wendy Watriss created the first international Biennial of photographic arts in the U.S. Based in Houston, Texas, FotoFest is organized to bring public visibility to important and new artistic talent from across the world. In the late 1990s, he initiated an international network of twenty-two photography festivals, He developed FotoFest’s in-school education program, Literacy Through Photography, a visual literacy program which works grades three through twelve in over 22 schools in the Houston area. Starting in the 1950s, he worked as a photographer around the world , and his photographs have been published in Esquire, National Geographic, Life, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Geo, as well as many other national and international publications. Baldwin taught photography at the University of Texas and the University of Houston. He was a Peace Corps director in Borneo during the 1960s. Baldwin has published two books on his photographs of the civil rights movement in Savannah, Georgia: Freedom’s March (Athens, Ga: University of Georgia Press, 2008) and We Ain’t What We Used to Be (Savannah, Ga.: Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1983). He is coauthor of the books Looking at the U.S. 1957-1986 (Amsterdam: Mets & Schilt Publishers, 2009) and Coming to Terms: The German Hill Country of Texas (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1991). He worked with Russian curators Evgeny Berezner, Irina Chmyreva, and Natalia Tarasova, as well as Wendy Watriss on the exhibition Contemporary Russian Photography (2012) for the FotoFest 2012 Biennial. He has been a co-organizer, with Wendy Watriss, of international photography portfolio reviews for artists in Paris, Beijing, and Moscow. With Wendy Watriss, he was in 2011 the recipient of the Vision Award from the Woodstock Center for Photography (New York) in recognition of their contributions to photography and photographic artists, nationally and Internationally; he also received a Humanities Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation and a Research Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2013, he and Wendy Watriss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Houston Fine Arts Fair. His photographic work is represented in many public collections, including those of the Menil Collection, Houston; Bibliothéque nationale de France, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Musée de la photographie à Charleroi, Belgium; Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, D.C.; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; and Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin. Baldwin was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, and served as a U.S. Marine in the Korean War, where he was wounded and decorated.